Grilled Eggplant Caprese with Speck

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, December 29, 2014

Aired December 29, 2014

Serves 4

2 small to medium firm eggplant
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
A few sprigs rosemary, coarsely chopped 
Crushed red pepper
2 cups wild or baby arugula
3 ripe heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
1 cup basil leaves
1/2 pound speck or other smoky or spicy ham, thinly sliced


Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
Thinly slice the eggplant in discs; salt and drain in a colander, 15-20 minutes.
Warm oil with garlic and rosemary to infuse. Brush eggplant on both sides and sprinkle with black and red pepper. Grill eggplant 2-3 minutes on each side until marked and tender. Cool to room temperature.
Season the sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper. On a platter, scatter a bed of arugula and over it layer the tomatoes with eggplant, basil and mozzarella. Drizzle salad with remaining garlic oil and top with speck.